New Study Finds Unions Increase CA Worker Earnings by $18.5 Billion Annually

The Union Effect in California #1: Wages, Benefits, and Use of Public Safety Net Programs is the first report in a three-part series that explores how unions improve the lives of all working people in California, both union and non-union members.

These findings are publishing as the U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that threatens to weaken public sector unions. Continue reading

July 2018 Overture Online: Curtain Call 🎭 The Musicians of Musical Theatre

Overture Online
July 2018

Curtain Call:
The Musicians of Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre in the Modern Age
A look at the role of musical theatre in today’s fast-paced, hi-tech world

Cleto & the Cletones Say: #RespectTheBand!
Musicians tell TV networks to play fair

#ListenLA Spotlight: ‘Incredibles 2’
Incredible snapshots from the scoring stage

and more!

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New Agreement With Wallis Annenberg Center

We are pleased to announce a new three-year deal with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

The Wallis CBA is the result of many years of dialogue with the management at the venue. “I want to thank Local 47 member Dan Savant for his help in arriving at this deal along with Business Rep Michael Ankney, who maintained a good working relationship with the venue’s operations team,” says AFM Local 47 President John Acosta. Continue reading

H&W: Are All Eligible Participants Enrolled in the Fund’s Life Insurance Benefit?

Professional Musicians & Employer’s Health & Welfare Fund:

The Professional Musicians Local 47 and Employers’ Health & Welfare Fund (“Fund”) provides a $20,000* Life Insurance benefit to all Participants who have qualified for benefits. Completion of an enrollment form is not required and enrollment is automatic once the Fund confirms, after the close of the annual qualifying window (generally Oct. 3 of every year), that you have qualified for benefits based on the employer contributions made on your behalf in the prior qualifying year (generally Oct. 2 through Oct. 3). Contributions in the qualifying year, determine eligibility for the following January through December (i.e. employer contributions made during the period of Oct. 3, 2016 through Oct. 2, 2017, have determined eligibility for the period Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018). Continue reading

AFM Local 47 statement on Janus decision

Today’s disappointing Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME ruled in favor of a corporate interest power-grab over working Americans and their unions.

Wealthy special interest groups spent millions of dollars on this case with the express intent to diminish working people’s numbers in union representation. Breaking a precedent set over 40 years ago, public-sector workers who are not union members but are protected by a union contract are now told they do not have to pay their fair share. The goal was clear: to undercut unions’ abilities to effectively advocate and negotiate on behalf of their members, weaken their position at the bargaining table, and undermine all of organized labor — all at the expense of working people. Continue reading

Final Note: Donald Knapp

Life Member. Drum Set
12/26/1919 – 6/11/2018

Donald Roy Knapp was born December 26, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He passed away peacefully in Chicago on June 11, 2018 after recovering from two recent hip fractures. He was the son of Roy Cecil Knapp and Nellie Johnson (Knapp) Shillito. He was married to Lorie Downs (deceased in 1975); and to Kimberly Granger (divorced). Continue reading

Sound Recording Special Payments Fund: Annual Distribution Reminders

The Sound Recording Special Payments Fund is preparing for its annual distribution, which occurs on or about August 1, 2018. We would like to share the following information with participants:

  • Address or beneficiary changes – Deadline for changes is July 15, 2018.
  • Direct Deposit Applications – Deadline for application to be received at the Fund is June 30, 2018. Direct Deposit ensures that the Fund distribution reach musicians safely and efficiently, wherever they reside.

We encourage all participants to become registered users at the Fund’s website. Utilizing the website significantly helps to reduce the Fund’s administrative costs, which ultimately benefits all of us! At the website you can arrange for direct deposit, update contact and beneficiary information, view your prior wage and tax statements and get the latest news regarding the Fund.

Toll-Free Number: (866) 711-FUND
Fax: (212) 310-9481